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How to find your lost dog

Updated on August 12, 2009

Your dog is missing, what to do in order to find him?

With the suggestions below, I offer you some guidelines for the search of your dog. The first 12 hours after a disappearance are crucial, so that rapid action is essential.

I hope this information will help.

Follow my tips.....

Typically, animals are fleeing because mainly of boredom or loneliness, to respond to their sexual instincts if not sterilized, in response to sudden and unexpected events that fright them, out of curiosity by the outside world, for windows or doors were left open, or if a new home, looking for previous surroundings.

How to find your dog:

The distance that the dog run will depend largely on the distance that his feet allow him to walk. For example, strong dogs, especially if new, can travel eight miles or more in a single day. Small dogs can go on achieving a kilometer.

Most dogs are well recovered within a radius of three kilometers from home, especially because they usually travel long distances in a straight line, regardless of their strength or speed. For example, if it is a confident dog, he will seek other dogs and other humans who are friendly and probably the comfort, feeding and harboring. Gardens and parks are public places that he will appreciate.

Conversely, if it is a shy dog and older and do not trust strangers, he will hide of them. Good places for these dogs may be bush,es a desert place or even under the car.

Mentally draw a circle around the location where you have lost your dog. Think of the places within the constituency to which he will probably go in search of companionship, comfort or food. A school? A home where your dog usually receive sweets or having a friend? The open door of a car? Think of all those living within that circle, people who spend much time outside the home and is likely see a lost animal. Think of the people who run the area as part of their work, people you do not know and who do not know you. Ask them to help you find your dog. The more people are involved in the search, the more likely is for you to find him.

• Search within the place of disappearance!

Scroll through the foot or by car near the place of disappearance. Ask local residents and others who normally attend the area (postmen, officials refuse collection, etc.) were his dog. But, preferably, do not go alone. Take a relative or friend. Talk to all the people you meet and try to involve children in the neighborhood demand (children can be great to find animals).

Make noise! Animals can hear it over long distances. Continually call the name of your dog. If he has a toy with a bell / whistle, take it and can use it to make familiar sounds. Take also a box of cookies and shake it loud and clear as you call your dog's name. Make other noises that you find to be familiar. However, it is important to stop regularly, keep silent and listen if your dog is doing some noise in response. Neighbors / passersby will think that you maybe crazy, but we are talking about the life of your dog!

• Take a flashlight with bright light! Even during the day, I take a flashlight to look in dark places. A frightened dog can be hurt and hide in dark places. In addition to looking into dark places, look also in sheds, garages, landfills, and containers, under cars, for example.

Prepare a "carpet of welcome"! If practicable, place articles with strong smell at the door / window of the house to attract your dog, such as pieces of laundry. Socks and sweat suits for training are excellent attractions. If possible, place also outside the "nest" and his favorite toy dog.

Develop brochures, preferably with a photo! Include your dog sex, age, size, race, color, features and other brands, of course don't forget your contact. Take care to insert the largest possible number of information that might help others in the event of spotting your dog. For example, whether your dog is sociable or, rather, it is difficult to take leave (and it is advisable to avoid any attempt to seize). However, to describe your dog, hide one or two identifying characteristics. For someone to tell you who found your dog, ask that person to describe accurately (this is essential to prevent fraud).

• Hang and distribute the brochures! It is extremely important post in many leaflets radius of at least a kilometer and a half from the place of disappearance. As the days go by, this radius should be increased. Ask to put a brochure in grocery, coffee shops, veterinary clinics, supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies, busy streets and other strategic locations. Examine the leaflets often and replace those which have been removed or damaged. It is also desirable to distribute a leaflet postmen, bus drivers and taxi drivers as they travel through the city daily.

• Contact veterinary clinics! Call the veterinary clinics in your area. Try to find out if your dog is injured and was taken to a clinic to be treated. If your dog has adopted a partnership, please contact with volunteers, so that might help in the search. Disseminate information to more people.

• Visit kennels and shelters! Visit the kennel and municipal associations to protect / shelter locations, including counties / surrounding districts. Do not just call, visit these sites every day or every two days. Remember that your description of your dog and the description of other people do not always coincide. You must go see for yourself! Ask help from friends or relatives to visit these places to turn. Discover how long each municipal kennel keeps animals. Learn how much time has to claim the dog before it is euthanized. By law, the municipal kennels must wait 8 days before slaughter an animal, but things are not always in this way

• Notify the police if you think your pet has been kidnapped! Provide a "complaint for theft-crime" squad in the close, to follow the case to the prosecutor. You must sign the complaint and receive a copy of it. If the police refuse to accept the complaint, requiring the book of complaints.

Contact road police! Find out if your dog was killed on the road. It is a sad task, but necessary. Otherwise, you never know what happened to your dog. Among daily in contact with the teams that collect animals from the streets and roads.

• publicize the disappearance! If possible, also announce the disappearance of his dog in newspapers and local radio stations. Place an ad in the Sunday edition as well as during the week.

Beware of people ill-intentioned and fraud! Unfortunately, in our society there are people who try to exploit situations of lost animals . You must never go alone and meet with someone who claims to have found your pet. Take one or two friends and check with a meeting in a public place. Similarly, it is better not walk alone in search of his dog, either during the day or at night, particularly in places that you are not familiar. Never invite anyone into your home, unless you know the person. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe accurately the animal before you provide any other information.

If the unknown does not include the identifying characteristic that concealed the ads, it is likely that he can not have found your dog. Take extra caution with people who insist on receiving advance money for the return of your pet or for any veterinary expenses. The attempt of fraud at the expense of animals lost is a real danger.

Do not give up! There are cases of dogs that went missing for weeks and even months, and eventually be found. Undertake a regular display of leaflets and regularly contact the veterinary clinics in the district of the place of disappearance (and possibly adjacent districts). In the event that your dog has been collected by someone, the chances of going to a veterinary clinic are high. Moreover, who knows if the disclosure is not enough for someone to help and that he had not been aware of what happened in previous disclosures?

Once you find your dog, you should collect the leaflets that posted and tell people that helped, including local veterinary clinics and kennels.


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      lost two dogs near east and west whispering pines area

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